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Mimicking a beetle

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Science Middle School High

Biomimicry and a Desert Beetle

Copying the way a desert beetle gets water, scientists have designed a membrane that can extract water from the air. Since all air contains water, even in the desert, this could provide a very inexpensive way to supply drinking water. This audio story describes an application of the idea of “biomimicry,” or using ideas from nature to solve technological problems. This can help solve the problem of scarce drinking water.

Life Science Physical Science Engineering Earth and Space Science Ecology

Story Length: 4:01

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Living on Earth

AIR DATE: 11/16/2012

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